A Mother’s Fight

At Punganur, we have opened a new hub in Muthukur village which is 7 kilometers away from the Potter’s Wheel Campus. There are various programmes here including the after-school prorgamme. Sowjanya, a 4th grade student, struggled with her studies at school.

Her mother who was part of the tailoring programme at Oasis wanted Sowjanya to continue her education no matter what. This is because she knew the importance of education for girls through the awareness sessions at the hub. Sowjanya’s mother requested for her daughter to be a part of the after-school programme for children at Oasis. Her daughter found it difficult to cope with her studies. The tutors supported her to learn Math and other difficult subjects through activity-based learning. The tutors found that although Sowjanya is a good learner, she did not perform well in her studies due to the lack of individual attention.

Many children especially girls in Muthukur village drop out of school at an early age. According to the statistics from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, around 63.5 percentage of female students in India quit school during adolescence to do
household work or for marriage. If not for Sowjanya’s mother’s efforts, she would have quit school too. What Sowjanya has learnt from her mother, she will grow up to teach her generation and the next.

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Dear friends and patrons,As 2022 draws to a close, I would like for us to look back at a year that heralded in new directions for Oasis India: year one of the 5-year strategic plan of new partnerships, a year of social enterprise, and organisational sustainability.While it was certainly challenging in many ways, it also showed how strong our commitment to the vision and mission are as an organisation – be it as board members, supporters, members of senior management, the national leadership team, or project staff.We can take pride in the fact that we resumed the annual Mukthi Bike Challenge this year, launched Oasis India’s 5-year strategic plan for 2022–2027, and started a new integrated community empowerment project in Assam—Oasis Academy Guwahati and Football for Life (FFL). We also initiated potential partnership discussions with PCI-Mizoram for anti-human trafficking and Thrive for Good under food security, etc. These great achievements lays the foundation for our work in the upcoming new year.There were notable life-changing stories of beneficiaries in each of Oasis India’s hubs and the many other challenges we overcame as a team. Successes achieved in a time when we were forced to adapt to very adverse circumstances So, I want to thank all our staff for the hard work and commitment they have shown over the past year. Our combined strength is what makes us flourish as an organisation.Thank you, our supporters, for walking this journey of growth and development hand in hand with us. As you celebrate Christmas with friends and family, I hope you will look back on the year with the same sense of accomplishment and joy that we all feel at Oasis India.I wish you and your family a happy Christmas season and a prosperous 2023! Best regards,Mangneo LhungdimExecutive Director,Oasis India